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Preparations are underway for the Winter Classic

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Claude Julien lookin' sharp at Fenway
Claude Julien lookin' sharp at Fenway
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The Bruins are on a roll!

  • After a slow start yesterday, the Bruins are now justthisclose to meeting or overtaking the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division standings.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • It was Cory Schneider vs. Jonas Gustavsson show for much of Sunday's game, which featured some of the disjointed play we've seen from the Bruins at times punctuated by some stellar chances rebuffed by the netminders.[TheScoutingPost]

  • What more drama do we need than the Bruins reaching the Winter Classic to face the one team between them and the top of the division?[WEEI]

  • Hinga, dinga, durgen! Gustavsson performed well despite the feast-or-famine nature of being a backup.[BostonHerald]

  • Pasta watch: David Pastrnak will play in Providence tomorrow, but has not been ruled out for the World Junior Championship.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • It has been quite a sleigh ride for the Bruins this month, despite the lack of snow.[CausewayCrowd]

  • Dare we say that the Don Sweeney Bruins are forming an identity?[PuckDaddy]

  • The Bruins spoke about some of their favorite Christmas gifts. Matt Beleskey SLEPT with his! (Video, 2:13)[NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Paul Stewart offers twelve key skills required of officials- imagine what seasonal music he was humming as he wrote this.[HockeyBuzz]

  • The Vancouver Canucks' struggles continue as General Manager Jim Benning stays the course of his rebuild with his eye to the future.[SportsIllustrated]

  • Keith Yandle's transition to the Rangers has been curious: For all the money they spent to acquire him, he has been buried in the lineup.[TodaysSlapShot]

  • Team USA are contenders at the World Junior Championship, even minus the few young players not selected that had seemed like no-brainer roster choices.[NationalPost]

  • In women's hockey, efforts to research concussions have been met with a lack of cooperation from universities even as resources to help affected players are limited.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • In the year's ten biggest "busts," you'll find one former Bruin defenseman along with Leominster native Steve Moses, althought the latter may yet rise from the ashes of his first NHL stint.[PuckDaddy]

  • A rain postponement was actually good news for California, if not for the AHL Stockton Heat and the Bakersfield Condors, who faced off in an outdoor game.[PuckDaddy]

  • Hark, the clarion call to change- change is good. Embrace it. (Video, 6:26)[YouTube]